Raphael Tenthani

Raphael (Ralph) Tenthani (1 October 1971 - 16 May 2015) was a freelance journalist from Malawi. Tenthani was a BBC correspondent and a columnist for The Sunday Times. He was a respected journalist in Malawi well known for his popular column, "The Muckraking".[3][4] He was well known for providing political analysis on topical issues. He had been the subject of controversy for his candid reporting on political issues. He was very critical of the crackdown on journalism during the Bingu wa Mutharika administration. He was also a columnist for Associated Press, Pan African News Agency, and The Maravi Post.

Raphael Tenthani on 21st Apr

Wise One’s Post Turtle: In the run up to the May 2014 election, I dared the Muckraker, “Sir” Raphael Tenthani (RIP) and the blogger, Wise One from the Eastin a debate. ...

Raphael Tenthani on 25th May

He was more than a luminary in Malawi journalism and had the gravitas to pen eloquent criticisms of the government and its policies. Friends and enemies alike had to admit that Raphael Tenthani was one of a kind.   Ralph’s Muckraking on Sunday column spoke for the little man who was mostly denied a seat at the table. Like a tenacious prosecutor,...

Raphael Tenthani on 17th May

In Memory of Raphael Tenthani Many years ago when Aleke Kadonaphani Banda, may his good soul continue to rest in eternal peace, was Minister of Agriculture there was an Agriculture Policy conference somewhere in Lilongwe. As a green journalist, learning the ropes of the trade, I was told to make sure I get hold of the minister’s opening speech in...

Raphael Tenthani on 17th May

“You don’t have to speak truth to power, because they know it already; What you do is join with the people and try to find the truth” Noam Chomsky ...

Raphael Tenthani on 10th May

“Life is not  a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced” Soren Kierkegaard  ...

Raphael Tenthani on 12th Apr

No doubt, the tragic happenings in Blantyre last Friday when an irate father, in a fit of rage, picked up his official gun and killed – execution style – his own two sons are as numbing as they are unfathomable. ...

Raphael Tenthani on 12th Apr

“There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst” Stephen King ...

Raphael Tenthani on 11th Jan

Spare a thought for students in the University of Malawi who were supposed to graduate in 2014 but they are still in college courtesy of the 2011 ‘academic freedom’ impasse. Such students are spending a fifth year in college on their four-year degree programme. ...

Raphael Tenthani on 28th Dec

Three people, one of them barely a toddler, were buried alive when the illegal mine they were working in crumbled. News of the discovery of garnet, a semi-precious stone – cousins to rubies and raw material for rings and wrist watches, has been around for more than a month now. An ad hoc town is growing on the banks on Lilongwe River where the ‘gold’...

Raphael Tenthani on 28th Dec

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right”Oprah Winfrey Our friends from the Orient have their own unique way of naming years. They have the Year of the Dragon, the Year of the Tiger…they even have the Year of the Rat, Rabbit and Snake and the good old Ox! The Horse and Sheep also do not miss out on the action! Wow! I am...

Raphael Tenthani on 21st Dec

I know mea culpas are hard to make but it will not help the First Family’s image to prolong the debate surrounding the K5 million First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi collected from the National Aids Commission for its launch. ...

Raphael Tenthani on 21st Dec

“Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves  without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation?” Thomas Carlyle ...

Raphael Tenthani on 14th Dec

 Malawi News, yesterday carried a leaked memo from President Peter Mutharika to State Residences Chief of Staff Peter Mukhito. The memo outlines six guidelines how to save State House coffers in the wake of the ‘zero-aid’ budget. ...

Raphael Tenthani on 14th Dec

“The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why”Warren Bennis From the beginning I must declare that Kondwani Nankhumwa needed not have gone down so low to issue a government epistle that was very high on hyperbole and too low on substance. I mean, I scrolled down the whole treatise just because it is my job to torture myself enduring...

Raphael Tenthani on 07th Dec

“Desperate times call for desperate measures” Obert Skye ...

Raphael Tenthani on 30th Nov

“I would accept a bottle of whisky from anybody because I would still feel free to criticise them”–Khushwant Singh ...

Raphael Tenthani on 23rd Nov

It must be quite a nightmare to be Oswald Lutepo’s lawyer. You see, the guy is all over the place pleading ‘not guilty’ today while tomorrow he is making statements owning up to all the crimes he is alleged to have committed.  And he goes all over the place implicating just about everyone. ...

Raphael Tenthani on 23rd Nov

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem”Ronald Reagan Last Tuesday it pleased President Peter Mutharika to invite the Muckraker and a horde of his type to wine and dine with him at the hilltop edifice of Sanjika Palace Hastings Kamuzu Banda bequeathed to the nation. Of course the original...

Raphael Tenthani on 16th Nov

President Barrack Obama was in Beijing this past week. There are a lot of issues the leader of the free world and his counterpart Xi Jinping – leader of the not-so-free Chinese, disagree about. ...

Raphael Tenthani on 16th Nov

“Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything”—Hazard Ali Ibn Abu-Talia ...

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